The Commission training on quality schemes targets national authority staff in charge of controls related to organic and protected designation schemes and staff of private organisations to which these tasks have been delegated. The aim is to convey a common understanding of the requirements and ensure that they are respected consistently.
The EU's protected designation schemes guarantee the typical characteristics of a product. The organic farming quality scheme ensures that products labelled as "organic" are produced correctly.
Thanks to these schemes consumers can trust food labelling and the guarantees it provides. EU rules require that EU countries check that products labelled under the schemes conform to requirements.